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I did not receive my benefits for the month of June I’m updated and they keep giving me the run around.

Q) I did not receive my benefits for the month of June I’m updated and they keep giving me the run around. I jave a small child had to borrow money to put food in my housr was told they would be on there or the system was slow, still nothing need help

A) You may need to re-certify for you SNAP (Food stamp) benefits. After a certain period of time, you will have to recertify your SNAP benefits. That is, you will need to provide your DTA caseworker with any relevant updated information.

Once you are approved for SNAP/food stamps your case will be “active” for a certain period of time. This is called your “certification period.” You will have to recertify periodically to continue receiving SNAP. http://www.gettingfoodstamps.org/recertification.html

Certification periods can range from monthly to every two years. Most households that have regular earned income are on a twelve-month recertification period (semi-annual reporting).

Your caseworker will let you know how long your certification period is and when you will need to recertify. It is very important to let your caseworker know if you move to a new address so he or she can send the recertification paperwork to you on time.

Approximately 45 days before the end of your certification period, your Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) caseworker will send you a recertification form that you will need to complete and send back. This form will reflect the information that DTA has about you. You must review the form, update any information that has changed, and fill in any blank sections. You will need to send this form, along with the proofs requested at the bottom of each page back to your DTA caseworker before the due date specified on the accompanying letter.
If there have been no changes since the time of your initial SNAP application or since your previous recertification, you might not need to give the DTA additional verification documents. However, you will still need to complete the recertification form and turn it in.

A recertification interview is required, but it can be conducted over the phone.

If you do not contact your DTA caseworker to set up an interview or do not submit the recertification form by the release date specified on the letter, your SNAP case will be closed automatically on that release date. For some senior/disabled households, the interview may be waived.

For questions or help with the recertification process in Massachusetts, call Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.

*SNAP regulations vary by state. If you do not live in Massachusetts, call the USDA at 1-800-221-5689 or visit their website, http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/state-informationhotline-numbers, to find a contact in your state

What is the rule for emergency food stamps

Q) What is the rule for emergency food stamps three people in the house and only income is 659.70 a month rent 312.00 and utilities are 330.00 . Does that not make use eligible for emergency food stamps since that only leaves about 17.00 to use towards any thing else ???? A) You may be able… Continue Reading

Would I have to report any class-action lawsuit settlement money when applying for food stamp?

Q) Would I have to report any class-action lawsuit settlement money if it was for a physical injury? Is there a limit on the cash that’s in the bank acct., if it’s from the physical injury lawsuit,if I’m 60 yrs.old, and, disabled? How does all of that work? A) Food Stamp eligibility is based primarily on household… Continue Reading

Based off of my last 2 paychecks, I exceed the gross income by about $70, Do I still qualify?

Q) Based off of my last 2 paychecks, I exceed the gross income by about $70, however i do not meet the net income. I am about $100 short from that. Do I still qualify? A) To see if you still qualify for food stamp please visit https://www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/. This Pre-Screening Tool can be used to determine if… Continue Reading

Can I check the balance of my EBT SNAP account online?

Q) Can I check the balance of my EBT SNAP account online? A) You can check the balance of your EBT Snap account online in most states. The following States have online access to individual EBT account information, such as balance and transaction history information. States Internet Address ALABAMA www.ebtedge.com ALASKA www.akquest.alaska.gov ARIZONA www.ebtaccount.jpmorgan.com CALIFORNIA www.ebt.ca.gov… Continue Reading

What is the rule for emergency food stamps

Q) What is the rule for emergency food stamps three people in the house and only income is 659.70 a month rent 312.00 and utilities are 330.00 . Does that not make use eligible for emergency food stamps since that only leaves about 17.00 to use towards any thing else ???? A) You may be able… Continue Reading

Would I have to report any class-action lawsuit settlement money when applying for food stamp?

Q) Would I have to report any class-action lawsuit settlement money if it was for a physical injury? Is there a limit on the cash that’s in the bank acct., if it’s from the physical injury lawsuit,if I’m 60 yrs.old, and, disabled? How does all of that work? A) Food Stamp eligibility is based primarily on household… Continue Reading

Based off of my last 2 paychecks, I exceed the gross income by about $70, Do I still qualify?

Q) Based off of my last 2 paychecks, I exceed the gross income by about $70, however i do not meet the net income. I am about $100 short from that. Do I still qualify? A) To see if you still qualify for food stamp please visit https://www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/. This Pre-Screening Tool can be used to determine if… Continue Reading

Can I check the balance of my EBT SNAP account online?

Q) Can I check the balance of my EBT SNAP account online? A) You can check the balance of your EBT Snap account online in most states. The following States have online access to individual EBT account information, such as balance and transaction history information. States Internet Address ALABAMA www.ebtedge.com ALASKA www.akquest.alaska.gov ARIZONA www.ebtaccount.jpmorgan.com CALIFORNIA www.ebt.ca.gov… Continue Reading

Can SNAP benefits be used to purchase cooking wines and extracts

Q) Can SNAP benefits be used to purchase cooking wines and extracts A) Yes, cooking wines and extracts are eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits. These items are considered un-consumable as alcoholic beverages. Because they contain very large amounts of added salt, the product is undrinkable as a standalone beverage. As such, cooking wines and… Continue Reading

Can I qualify for SNAP if I am a student?

Q) Can I qualify for SNAP if I am a student? A) Most able-bodied students ages 18 through 49 who are enrolled in college or other institutions of higher education at least half time are not eligible for SNAP benefits unless they meet certain criteria such as participating in work-study, working at least twenty hours… Continue Reading

How do I apply for SNAP (Food Stamp) ?

Q) How do I apply for SNAP (Food Stamp)? A) First you must submit an application online or at your local social service office. Then you will be contacted for an interview. At the interview, the office will let you know if they need more information to see if you are eligible for SNAP. You… Continue Reading

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